Kuroda and Tanaka shutout Marlins as Yanks win 3-0

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Hiroki Kuroda and Masahiro Tanaka combined to shutout the Miami Marlins as the Yankees won 3-0 at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida.

The Yankees were no-hit until the eighth inning by Marlins pitching but they were able to scratch a run out in the fourth when Brett Gardner got on base with an error, swiped second and third base and scored on an RBI ground-out by Brian McCann. The Yankees added two more runs in the eighth inning on RBI singles by Brian Roberts and Yangervis Solarte.

Kuroda did three innings of work as he made his final tuneup before the 2014 season, giving up no runs while striking out four. Tanaka relieved Kuroda in the fourth inning, going six scoreless innings of three hits while striking out ten.

What’s Next?

Ivan Nova takes the hill in the Grapefruit League season finale as the Yankees play the Marlins (again) at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Tomorrow’s game will be at 1:05 p.m. and the game will be televised on the YES Network.

A Quick Note

– The Yankees have announced Dean Anna has made the Opening Day roster, leaving the competition between Eduardo Nunez and Yangervis Solarte for the final spot. The Yankees are unsure who to bring with them, so they’ve told both Nunez and Solarte not to pack and to come to the ballpark as if it’s a normal day. The Yankees have to have their rosters in to MLB by 3 p.m. tomorrow, so if they’re planning on making a decision, they have to do it soon. This goes to show you–Nunez does not have a spot locked up as most believed and anything could happen between now and 3 p.m. tomorrow.

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5 Responses to Kuroda and Tanaka shutout Marlins as Yanks win 3-0

  1. Michael R says:

    If they take a poll to decide my vote is for Solarte,

  2. Michael R says:

    I think it's high time to make Nunez a first baseman and if he can't handle 1B cut him loose for crying out loud.

    • That's a good point since he can't throw. Plus he can still be a back-up at the other infield positions, they need roster flexibility. I still maintain Nunez will be on the Yanks opening day roster. They want to keep the heat on him.

      Solarte to AAA just makes sense. He does not speak English badly, he does not speak it at all. Luis Soho is a coach at Scranton and is supposedly going to take Solarte under "his wing"

  3. Tanned Tom says:

    If it weren't for the team's uncertainty at 2B and 3B, Nunez would be gone. If Roberts and Sizemore stay healthy, we ought to see Nunez stay in AAA or even better, traded.

  4. Looks like I was wrong, just heard Solarte made the team. Congrats to him. Can't see Nunez ever being a Yankee again unless the situation with Brendon Ryan is dire.

    I hope Solarte gets plenty of playing time, specifically at 3rd.